Chachalacas, Guans and Curassows (Cracidae)

Highland Guan (Penelopina nigra) - HBW 2, p. 355

French: Pénélope pajuil German: Schluchtenguan Spanish: Pava Pajuil
Other common names: Black Chachalaca, Black Pajuil, Black Guan (!), Little Guan, Penelopina

Taxonomy: Penelope niger Fraser, 1850, Locality unknown, described from aviary specimens.
A very distinctive species, probably most closely related to Chamaepetes (see page 314). Two subspecies (dickeyi, rufescens) have been described on the basis of variation in the colour of the bare facial skin, but validity doubtful. Monotypic.

Distribution: S Mexico (Oaxaca and Chiapas) S to N Nicaragua.